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reathing Room-Charlotte Mason

Classical Middle Grades

Everything we have placed here as a priority, and indeed throughout our entire school, has been chosen in light of these Scriptures:

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
-1 Corinthians 10:31

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be
any praise, think on these things.
-Phillipians 4:8

My mouth shall speak of wisdom;
and the meditation of my heart
shall be of understanding.

-Psalms 49:3

The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction. My son,
hear the instruction of thy father,
and forsake not the law of thy mother:
For they shall be an ornament of grace
unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
-Proverbs 1:7-9

The following is a list of required reading for years 4,5 and 6. Keep in mind that an oral narration is required in the 4th and 5th years, while by the 6th a written one is expected. Also, many of these books we choose to enjoy as a family during our daily read-aloud times. After completing the book each child then gives their narration while I dictate. Again, the 6th year child will begin to develop his writing skills and give written narrations. Additional books are allowed only after these are completed.

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
America's Paul Revere by Esther Forbes
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
Black Beauty: the Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
Boy's Life of Edison by William Meadowcroft
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Buffalo Knife by William O. Steele
Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
Calico Bush by Rachel Field
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Canterbury Tales retold by G. McCaughrean
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and others by Margaret Sidney
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
George Washington's World and other histories by Genevieve Foster
Huguenot Garden: A Children's Story of Faith by Douglas Jones
Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church
In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce by G. A. Henty
In Grandma's Attic & others by Arleta Richardson
Little Lord Flauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson
My Indian Boyhood by Luther Standing Bear
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (children's version)
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles & Mary Lamb
Thee, Hannah by Marguerite de Angeli
Viking Tales by Jeannie Hall
Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women and others by Louisa May Alcott

In addition to the above reading list, the children read daily from newspapers, how-to manuals, etc. as desired. Copywork is still assigned though in these years they are allowed to choose their own from the readings.

After Living Math and mastering the facts tables, the children are now ready for more abstract thought and skill practice. We have used Saxon with success and plan on continuting to do so. By the end of the 6th grade the children are ready to begin  Algebra 1/2. Each year will bring them into a new Saxon book (at least that's the plan!).

I have discovered a wonderful set of books that we are now using to bridge the gap between Nature Study only to the formal math of the high school years. Those books are the Exploring Creation series by Jeannie Fulbright. Wonderful books, easy to read aloud and the whole family enjoys these solidly-biblical science books. A living book in the truest sense. The children can't put them down. They can be purchased here: Apologia Science These books lend themselves perfectly to keeping up the Nature Journals begun in the earlier grades. In fact each chapter has suggestions for the journals.

< style="text-decoration: underline;">History:
Each child begins their own Book of Centuries at the beginning of the 4th year. By this time they are reading well independently and add to their BOC every time they come across a date. :-) Yes, everytime as long as they have a FACT to go with said date! I read daily from Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. leaving out those parts which I feel are not edifying to us as believers. The second book is fine but the first has stories of "cavemen", etc. that I choose to omit.  While I read they draw for their notebooks, melding geography quite effortlessly with history as they find the most remote places on the globe or wall map. These maps/drawings go in their own notebook. We toss in living books on any subject the chidlren are especially interested in. This led to a 16 month treck through Medevial Europe though so we now have a TIME LIMIT on any one subject. LOL

< style="text-decoration: underline;">Bible:
<>New Testament Greek: these years are spent familiarizing the children with the written Greek alphabet. They do daily copywork from  a Greek New Testament and orally recite the alphabet daily as well.
<>Our children at this age are studying The Scripture Catechism sold by Trivium Pursuit. The answers to each catechism question is answer by Scripture only. Gotta love that. We have used the Bluedorn's beginners Greek course with amazing results.

They each have DAILY Bible reading and we share family worship everyday when at all possible. Thank you DADDY!

Music & Art:
We use Mona Brooks "Drawing With Children" as a reference for these years and I give quick little lessons IF and WHEN they ask for help making something look "just right". Nothing more formal as I want them to enjoy drawing!

Our children are choosing musical instruments or voice to study formally in the high school years. At this point they are each being self-taught (while I watch hopefully).


Helpful Links:

Trivium Pursuit
The Bluedorns welcome you to Trivium Pursuit Online.
Here you will find resources which apply  Christian
Classical Education to Homeschooling. You can find the
catechism and Greek courses here.

A collection of books online. Free.

Peace Hill Press
Story of the World resources

Printable Outline Maps
Free Science Labs for Fun
Love To Learn Place



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